Ricky J. Martinez in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
New Theatre
8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155

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South Miami-Dade
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189

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Lincolnesque by John Strand
September 7 to October 1, 2006

Lincolnesque by John Strand

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The Cast

Israel Garcia*   -   Leo
Clint Hooper*   -   Francis
Bill Schwartz*   -   Daly/ Secretary of War
Stacy Schwartz*   -   Carla/Doctor

* members of Actors' Equity Association

Our nation's capital. Two brothers. Leo, a Capitol Hill speechwriter struggling to stay employed, and Francis, a psychiatric outpatient convinced that he is the reincarnation of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln... Leo's employer, a stunningly mediocre congressman, looks headed for defeat in his re-election bid. But when Francis secretly takes over the speechwriting, the congressman starts sounding heroic, even inspiring. Could it be a renaissance in American politics?... A seriously comic look at love and strategy in a city so desperately sane that madness may be the remedy.



John Strand JOHN STRAND's most recent plays are Lorenzaccio, his adaptation of Alfred de Musset's 1834 French classic, which premiered at The Shakespeare Theater, Washington, DC, directed by Michael Kahn, and the book for the musical The Highest Yellow, with a score by Michael John LaChiusa, at Signature Theater, Arlington, Va. His other plays include Lovers and Executioners, winner of the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play; The Diaries, commissioned by Signature Theater and nominated for the MacArthur; Tom Walker, commissioned by Arena Stage, Washington, DC. Additional plays are Otabenga, directed by Michael Kahn at Signature Theater, nominated for the MacArthur; The Miser, an adaptation of the Molière play set in Regan-era America, Arena Stage; Three Nights in Tehran, a comedy about the Iran-Contra affair, Signature Theater; The Cockburn Rituals, Woolly Mammoth Theater, Washington, DC. John has received multiple play writing commissions from South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage and Signature Theater. He recently completed Charity Royal, an adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel Summer for Arena Stage. John spent 10 years in Paris, where he worked as a journalist and drama critic, writing in English and French. While there, he was director of New York University's Experimental Theater Wing in Paris. His plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Inc., Chicago. He currently lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and four children.


"Israel Garcia's way with Leo is deliciously ambivalent, morally and physically." - Octavio Roca, New Times

Israel Garcia Israel Garcia (Leo) is very happy to return to New Theatre after a five year "layoff". He has performed in several plays at New Theatre in the past including The Waverly Gallery, One Flea Spare, Around the World in 80 Days, and Cloud Tectonics. Other plays in South Florida include The Rothschilds, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Christmas Carol. Izzy would like to thank Ricky and Eileen for the warm welcome back and for his three ladies for their support and patience. "The picadillo is in the fridge".


"Clint Hooper's restrained, almost frightened performance is just what the play needs; also note how perfectly he mimics Abe's posture at the Lincoln Memorial." - Dan Hudak, CG Gazette

Clint Hooper Clint Hooper (Francis) makes is New Theatre debut, coming 14 years after his first appearance on the South Florida stage when he played Robbie Ross in Lord Alfred's Lover at the Shores Theatre. In the intervening years, Clint has appeared at various theatres in numerous productions including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lend Me a Tenor, Once Upon a Mattress, Lloyd's Prayer, and Moliere's The Miser. Clint is a true native of Miami and currently works as a theatre teacher at Southwest High School, though he is still looking for a job that will pay his bills.


"Bill Schwartz nearly steals the show... Schwartz is the kind of effortless actor that you can rarely catch acting." - Brett O'Bourke, Miami Herald

Bill Schwartz Bill Schwartz (Daly/ Secretary of War) was active on the professional stage in the 1970's, including dinner theatre, the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Vinette Carroll's Theatre in New York City and a nine-month run with Sarasota's Asolo Touring Theatre, which included performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Since returning to the professional theatre in 2003, Bill has appeared in The Value of Names and Words of Mass Deception (Hollywood Playhouse), Wait and See, Clarance Darrow's Last Trial and Madagascar (New Theatre). Bill also tours South Florida Schools and appears on television with his one-person/six-puppet traveling ventriloquist show, Laugh and Learn.

"Stacy Schwartz is Carla, pouncing on both the jokes and the dramatic high points in a sassy, multilayered performance." - Jack Zink, Sun-Sentinel

Stacy Schwartz Stacy Schwartz (Carla/Doctor) is thrilled to be making her New Theatre debut. Regional credits include performances at Actors' Playhouse, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Mosaic Theatre, Parker Playhouse and more, in shows such as The Smell of the Kill, The Full Monty, The Water Coolers, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Falsettos, A New Brain, Meshuggah-Nuns, Sophie, Totie and Belle and A.B.C. with Bruce Adler. Carbonell and Curtain Up awards and nominations: Johnny Guitar, Closer than Ever, Ruthless!, Bat Boy. Off-Broadway: That's Life! (Theatre East) and Zorro, the Masked Musical (Lambs Theatre). University of Georgia graduate and proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

Betsy Paull-Rick Betsy Paull-Rick (Production Stage Manager) is pleased to return to New Theatre after serving as PSM for over 20 consecutive productions at the Mosaic Theatre in Plantation. No stranger to the other side of the footlights, South Florida audiences may remember her as Judy in A Chorus Line, Jeanne in Hair, Tiny Tim in Scrooge, or Diane in 42nd Street, among others. Recent directing and choreography credits include Hair and Fanny & Sadie, both at the Tamarac Theatre. Betsy is the proud recipient of a Curtain Up Award nomination for Best Choreography for A New Brain, the Musical. She is a graduate of Wayne State University, a former member of the Detroit Dance Collective, and has also worked locally for Hollywood Playhouse, The Public Theatre of South Florida, Theatre Illuminata, and Broadway Arts Productions.

The Cast of LINCOLNESQUE and director Ricky J. Martinez

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